Nanoscale disorder in high critical field, carbon-doped MgB2hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition thin films

Ye Zhu, D. C. Larbalestier, P. M. Voyles, A. V. Pogrebnyakov, X. X. Xi, J. M. Redwing

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Carbon-doped Mg B2 thin films deposited by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) can have Hc2 (0 K) ∼70 T, anomalously high compared to bulk samples which have Hc2 about half this value. Using transmission electron microscopy, the authors show that the carbon content in HPCVD-grown Mg (B1-x Cx) 2 grains is x≤5%, and that most carbon forms an amorphous intergranular phase. The authors also find extensive structural disorder, including rotations about the c axis and small tilts of the c axis, with a domain size of 5-20 nm. The authors propose that strong electron scattering from the nanoscale disorder is responsible for the very high Hc2 in such films.
Original languageEnglish
Article number082513
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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